New Hanover County K-9 units came in first, second and third place at the United States Police K-9 Association regional trials.
The teams competed in an agility course, an obedience exercise, a suspect search where the K-9 has to find a person in one of six boxes, an evidence search where the K-9 has to find a piece of evidence and retrieve it, and criminal apprehension.
The K-9 units have to score a certain amount of points to become certified, The three New Hanover County Sheriff's Office K-9 teams not only certified but also got the top three scores.
Deputies say the training pays off in real life situations.
"The dogs, through this training and preparing for trials, become more proficient on the street because they are not distracted, they understand that we are a team and we work together," said Deputy Jason Cummings.
He said the dogs train in some way every day.
The K-9 units will now compete in nationals.
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